Pleasant Hill Reads!
Nov 03, 2015 03:42PM
● By Jennifer Neys
Community Library Manager Patrick Remer is pictured with students in Mrs. Hewgley's 5th grade class at Valhalla Elementary.
Pleasant Hill Reads!
This is the 4th year the library has organized Pleasant Hill Reads with the aim of getting whole families and residents of all ages together to share one wonderful story in the month of October.
Pleasant Hill Community Library Manager Patrick Remer and Library Assistant Will McCall handed out over 800 copies of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein, to every 5th grader in Pleasant Hill's public schools. This was made possible with the generous support of the Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library, Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education, Rotary of Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hill Education Commission, and Sequoia Parent Association.
Remer said, “My favorite part of handing out books is always the ‘No way!’ moment, when you first tell kids they can keep the book. Pleasant Hill students are very lucky to have access to a wonderful array of stories through their school libraries and public libraries, but there is still something special about building your own personal library and having a book you can call your own.”
The library held several exciting events to tie in with the story including a library "lock-in" with the author after hours, where readers enjoyed a pizza party and Skyped with author Chris Grabenstein. There was also a citywide scavenger hunt where participants could download and print a scavenger hunt inspired by the book. The coordinates and clues lead you back to the library where a secret stash of prizes was hidden. Remer added that, “The scavenger hunt has been a big hit with the classes. We're always trying to figure out how to bring a story alive for readers, and 'gamification' is one way to give kids a way to live out a narrative and interact with puzzles the way the characters do. That's basically what the author has done with this story: turned an adventure into one big game you can read! Also, kids love riddles and can't resist a good mystery with prizes at the end: one boy solved it the afternoon after I visited.”